Picking between Night + Market WeHo and Night + Market Song is like picking your favorite Franco brother. For a lot of people, the answer is, “Neither, please.” And that’s totally reasonable. Restaurants specializing in authentic street food from Thailand are not for everyone. Yes, there are bugs on this menu. And fermented meats. And maybe two menu items you recognize from your neighborhood Thai spot. But the people scared off by those things are not our people. You, the person still reading: you’re our people.
And for our money, it has to be Night + Market WeHo. Sure, these places are pretty dang similar. In each you’ll find a nicely-sized, casual dining room suited for anything from a rowdy birthday dinner to adventurous date night. You’ll find nearly identical menus, containing loads of massively spiced, massively flavored dishes ranging from curries to stir-fries to yes, a pad thai. And in each, you’re best served by ordering the most challenging things on the menu, closing your eyes, and biting down. It’s not that the staples aren’t good (they are), it’s the thrill of how immensely foreign and yet accessible the flavors, the textures, and sometimes even the meats themselves are to an American palate.
With food this good, the differences could end up somewhat superficial. Night + Market WeHo has a full bar, a large patio, and beer towers. Night + Market Song is all indoor seating and serves only beer and wine. That may seem like small potatoes until that beautiful night sky on the patio, or more likely, the booze helps drop your inhibitions just enough, and you find yourself chowing down on some fermented pork and realizing how freaking delicious it really is. Trust us when we say that you’ll be thanking that second cocktail for that one.
So is it enough for us to recommend one over the other? Yes, but only sort of. We’re really just recommending both. But just like every movie starring a Franco, it’s just a little more fun with some hard liquor in the system. Make Night + Market WeHo your first stop.
The exception to the “order scared” rule, these things are a huge crowd pleaser. While you might feel guilty ordering something you could get at a major league baseball game, you won’t find anything close to this flavorful at Dodgers Stadium.
Less chewy than other cuts we’ve had, these grilled strips of fatty pork neck are a great snack for anyone who isn’t watching their waistline.
Don’t let the descriptors here (fermented, sour, etc.) throw you. The fermentation gives this a bright, tangy kick that goes perfectly with these mini sausages.
Soured pork, raw ginger, peanuts, chile…if you can imagine what all of these taste like together, congratulations. For the rest of us, you’re just going to have to trust when we say this is an amazing spicy salad.
Placed against another neighborhood version of a pad thai, I’m sure this would blow our minds. Next to some of the most interesting, out-of-left-field dishes this city has to offer, a.k.a. the rest of this menu? No need to dip into this familiar territory.
Put on your big boy pants, this jungle curry does not give a f*ck about your spice restrictions. This coconut milk-less curry is one of the most brazen versions in town and one of Night + Market’s signature dishes. Salty, oily, and everything you never knew you wanted.